February 19, 2020 - In 2016, Congress overhauled the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require EPA to prioritize existing chemicals for risk evaluations, and it told EPA to start right away on 10 chemicals - presumably among the riskiest. More than a few people were surprised, therefore, to find Colour Index Pigment Violet 29 on EPA's "first 10" list. Only one U.S. company manufactures it in quantities reportable under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule (~600,000 pounds per year). Ninety percent of that production is consumed onsite, and the balance is used in commercial paints and plastics. And the chemical is basically inert. So how did PV29 end up on this list, and what lessons can we learn from its ongoing risk evaluation of this chemical - and subsequent risk evaluations?
Read the full article in SOCMA's Specialty Insights February 2020 edition.Return to News